Space News Archive
10 June 2015, 02:51 PM ET
The legacy of Leonard Nimoy has reached the Final Frontier: on June 2, a 6-mile-wide asteroid was named 4864 Nimoy in his honor.
10 June 2015, 01:34 PM ET
Are they ice? Salt? Something exotic? NASA is still baffled by the origin of the bright spots observed by the Dawn Mission but the latest mapping orbit of 2,700 miles (4, 400 km) above the surface reveals the best detail yet.
10 June 2015, 01:01 PM ET
Saturn's giant newfound ring is even larger than previously thought, spanning an area of sky nearly 7,000 times larger than Saturn itself, researchers say.
10 June 2015, 11:15 AM ET
Average distances between galaxies are relatively much smaller than average distances between individual stars. Not so galaxy NGC 6503, which is on its own in a region known as the Local Void, about 17 million light years away from Earth.
10 June 2015, 11:04 AM ET
A baffling new mystery has turned up on Mercury — a pattern of giant cliffs and ridges on the planet's surface that defies any explanation that scientists have currently been able to offer.
10 June 2015, 07:05 AM ET
European company Airbus has unveiled its plan to develop rocket engines that fly back to a runway and a reusable "space tug" upper stage — reusability concepts that mirror those being developed by SpaceX and United Launch Alliance.
10 June 2015, 07:00 AM ET
Star-forming regions of a distant galaxy are revealed by the ALMA telescope.
10 June 2015, 06:17 AM ET
L2 Puppis, one of the closest red giant stars (200 light-years), is dying and puffing off an early stage bipolar planetary nebula.
10 June 2015, 06:00 AM ET
A cosmic butterfly of a nebula is undergoing a stunning metamorphosis in space, according to new images from a telescope in Chile. See the images and video of L2 Puppis here.
09 June 2015, 04:10 PM ET
The 100-foot-wide parachute unfurled well and apparently inflated fully, or nearly fully, Monday before being ruptured by the fast-rushing air during the second flight test of NASA's Low-Density Supersonic Decelerator project.
09 June 2015, 03:50 PM ET
Three crewmembers who have been aboard the International Space Station for an extended, 6.5-month mission will be heading home on Thursday, with no launch date set for their replacements.
09 June 2015, 03:20 PM ET
Staying clean in space is a challenge, something that Italian astronaut Samantha Cristoforetti knows well after spending several months on the International Space Station In two recent videos, Cristoforetti showed off the station's shower, as well as one
09 June 2015, 02:12 PM ET
On May 27th, 2015, the ISS Permanent Multipurpose Module (PMM) was relocated to make way for a space berthing port for U.S. cargo spacecraft. Cameras aboard the International Space Station captured an amazing view of the move.
09 June 2015, 10:40 AM ET
Twitter user Kevin Eicrhelberger scored what will probably go down as the find of his beach-combing career: the briny wreckage of a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket.
09 June 2015, 06:20 AM ET
NASA officials hope the agency's flyby mission to Europa in the 2020s paves the way for future missions to the Jupiter moon — including, perhaps, one that touches down to search for signs of life.
09 June 2015, 06:18 AM ET
A new NASA Web tool called "Pluto Time" lets users experience the light levels that prevail at noon on the dwarf planet. Users enter their location, and Pluto Time tells them the next available opportunity to soak up some Plutonian rays.
09 June 2015, 06:15 AM ET
The new Ceres video, which NASA released today (June 8), was created using 80 images captured by the space agency's Dawn probe during its first mapping orbit of the dwarf planet, from an altitude of about 8,400 miles (13,600 kilometers).
08 June 2015, 06:50 PM ET
The largest supersonic parachute ever built by NASA apparently tore apart during its 'flying saucer' test flight. The 100-foot-wide parachute only partially deployed during an ambitious test of Mars landing technology.
08 June 2015, 05:00 PM ET
The new motion picture, "The Martian," promises loads of thrilling action in its depiction of a human Mars mission gone awry. Matt Damon stars. Ridley Scott ("Alien") directs the story based on a novel by Andy Weir.
08 June 2015, 04:58 PM ET
NASA has bestowed a piece of the moon to the late Edward White, who became the first American to perform a spacewalk 50 years ago. The presentation of the Ambassador of Exploration award was hosted at the USMA West Point Museum in New York.
08 June 2015, 04:35 PM ET
Astronaut Samantha Cristoforetti, a 38-year-old Italian space station crew member, has set a new record for the most time in space on one mission by a woman. She broke the 194 days, 18 hours and 2 minutes logged by NASA astronaut Sunita Williams in 2007.
08 June 2015, 03:47 PM ET
A new missile interceptor co-developed by the United States and Japan made its maiden flight June 6 in a non-intercept test.
08 June 2015, 01:49 PM ET
The space agency's Low-Density Supersonic Decelerator (LDSD) test vehicle launched today (June 8) from the Pacific Missile Range Facility on the Hawaiian island of Kauai at 1:45 p.m. EDT (1745 GMT; 7:45 a.m. local time in Hawaii).
08 June 2015, 01:08 PM ET
The first official trailer for Ridley Scott's "The Martian" was released today (June 8), and it's a doozy, packing gorgeous vistas of the Red Planet, intricately rendered spaceships and some laughs into three dramatic minutes.
08 June 2015, 11:29 AM ET
Warning: Graphic Language - NASA astronaut Mark Watney (Matt Damon) is stranded on the Red Planet in the upcoming film "The Martian" and has to find a creative ways to survive. It is based on the book by Andy Weir.
08 June 2015, 10:33 AM ET
A GoPro camera on the payload fairing of a recently launched SpaceX Falcon 9 captured stunning views as its spun its way back down to Earth, post-separation.
08 June 2015, 09:37 AM ET
Though Hubble doesn’t typically discover exoplanets, it is sometimes used to determine what lies in their atmospheres. Future telescopes should be powerful enough to ‘see’ markers of life processes in the ‘air’ of Earth-sized alien world.
08 June 2015, 07:00 AM ET
Spaceflight is going to the masses. Private companies, nonprofit institutions and individual citizens are increasingly looking to bankroll their space-themed projects via crowdfunding campaigns, some of which have raised more than $1 million.
07 June 2015, 07:52 PM ET
The tiny LightSail spacecraft overcame a battery problem — the second glitch it suffered after launching to Earth orbit last month — and deployed its solar sail Sunday (June 7), Planetary Society representatives said.
07 June 2015, 10:00 AM ET
Scientists announced surprising discoveries about Pluto's moons, a spacecraft beamed home amazing images taken from a comet's surface, and the United Arab Emirates outlined its bold Mars plans. Here's a look at Space.com's top stories of the week.
07 June 2015, 09:31 AM ET
From up-close looks at Saturn's "spongy" moon Hyperion to photos of the first NASA spacewalk, which occurred 50 years ago this week, don't miss these amazing space images.
06 June 2015, 07:54 AM ET
If you've been watching the sky in the early evening lately, you can't have missed seeing the planet Venus in the west and now this planet is putting on brilliant show in the night sky.